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Remember four months ago when you booked that desperate “I need a break” vacation? Good news: It’s here.
Whether your idea of Zen is zipping down the slopes or lounging by the waves, we’ve got the packing essentials you may have forgotten.
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Ski In an effort to avoid looking like the abominable snowman, a pair of sleek, lightweight boots like these Tofino canvas ones from Sorel ($105) should be first in your tote ($95). Next, shield your sensitive skin with Clarins sunscreen ($26) and Nu Skin’s petrolatum-free lip balm ($6). And protect your second-most-sensitive asset–your iPhone–with Lifeproof’s winter-ready Frē case ($80).
Beach A luxurious beach getaway clearly necessitates a luxurious beach bag, like Marni’s vinyl parrot version ($350). Fill it with this zebra beach towel ($225) and a colorful caftan ($295). Finish off the breezy style with a spritz of Philip B.’s sea-salt hair mist ($22). Incapable of leaving your tech gadgets back in the hotel room? Let your phone enjoy the rays too, with the help of a solar-powered charger ($49).
Dreaming of snow-covered mountains? Racing across freshly-fallen powder? Or maybe just sitting in a warm and cozy lodge? We certainly are—especially after writing about Newpark Resort & Hotel in Park City, Utah.
If, however, you can’t get to the mountain this year, don’t despair! You can bring the cuddly ambiance of the ski lodge to your own home.
First, you’ll need a classic ski movie to capture the thrill of the slopes. Warren Miller films are filled with ski-tastic moments. If, however, you’re in the mood to watch John Cusack fling himself down a mountain in the name of love, we recommend Better Off Dead.
No ski lodge is complete without a cozy fireplace. You can download a virtual fireplace and watch it flicker and burn for hours. Plus, the warm glow will help keep you toasty while you sip a cup of hot cocoa. We adore L.A. Burdick for everything chocolate, and their recipe for hot chocolate makes a homemade ski lodge feel just like the real thing.
Gourmet Hot Chocolate (Recipe courtesy of L.A. Burdick)
For a simple yet luxurious cup of hot chocolate, put 2-3oz of chocolate in a cup (more or less according to taste). While whisking, pour in 6-8oz of scalding milk. No sugar or sweetener needed.
Add a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon for a twist. Enjoy!
If you’re not already heading to Vail Cascade Resort & Spa for Vail Mountain’s festive 50th birthday celebration (or for this month’s S’More Happy Hour), well give you another reason to visit this lofty destination: The spa. Vail Cascade’s own 78,000-square-foot Aria Spa & Club is the Valley’s largest; we were blown away by its mix of aromatherapy steam rooms, yoga classes, indoor tennis courts and tantalizing spa treatments (we could go on…).
Photo courtesy of Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
So if you find yourself in Vail this winter season, we recommend splitting your time between the slopes and the spa. Hint: Try the Coco Cream Wrap, which combines organic coconut oil and ultra-moisturizing cocoa butter infused with vanilla extract and bergamot. Everyone together now: Ahhh.
As the first snowflakes of the season fell (albeit very lightly) in Boston, our thoughts turned to snow-filled days spent on the slopes—or, for some us, drinking cocoa by the fireplace. And there, of course, is nothing better to go with white-capped mountains than a charming ski town. With all of this in mind, two hotels caught our eye this week as ideal spots to ski and play: The Hotel Madeline Telluride in Colorado and the Silverado Lodge in Park City, Utah.
Photo courtesy of Silverado Lodge
Ski season begins in most places right around Thanksgiving this year, so now is the perfect time to plan a winter escape.